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Transcript of Comparative Writing
This method of writing allows you to structure your essay by focusing on points of comparison, examining how ideas are treated similarly or differently in each text.
The main feature of this method is that each of your body paragraphs will focus on a key idea, and how it is treated in both texts.
Pros and Cons
By following this structure, each point of comparison is explored in detail and the impact of viewing the texts in light of each other is commented on throughout the discussion.
Textual evidence is a key component in each paragraph, supporting the main points. The use of transitions to connect ideas within the paragraphs is very important.
It relies on a clear and strong line of argumentation and ability to deconstruct ideas across the texts.
The Block Method
This method of writing allows you to write about each text in blocks, which is then followed by a comparative paragraph(s).
Pros and cons
How do I write a comparative essay?
Writing comparatively aims to compare two similar or distinct objects or ideas (or, in English, texts!)
Although the aims are the same, there are two distinct methods in writing comparatively
This method allows you to clearly establish how each text treats the prompt separately. It allows you to present your knowledge of one text before moving onto the next.
To ensure that the blocks are connected, you need to use carefully chosen transitions.
While block tends to be less complex, it helps you focus on comparison in a clear manner.
Choosing Your Style
• Choose the method of writing that you feel most comfortable with.
• The tables are simply guides to how many paragraphs you can include. Don’t think of this essay in terms of paragraphs, but rather in terms of ideas.
• Aim to include at least three ideas in your essay that help explore the prompt and compare them with both texts.
like, similar to, also, unlike, similarly, in the same way, likewise, again, compared to, in contrast, in like manner, contrasted with, on the contrary, however, although, yet, even though, still, but, nevertheless, conversely, at the same time, regardless, despite, while, on the one hand … on the other hand.